CAN I DO ALL THIS MYSELF?
We’re dealing with my loved one. I’d like to remain fully in control here.
Yes, you can. And many people do. The government is starting to streamline the process of accessing aged care, and so much more information is now online to help you with your journey. If you need help at any stage though, contact us and our staff can guide you through this maze.
An excellent place to begin your search is www.myagedcare.gov.au. You can use their service finder to search for permanent residential aged care, as well as for help at home and home care packages. Begin your search by the suburb or postcode you are interested in, or the name of the provider you’re interested in, and then branch out from there.
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When searching for permanent residential care, a comprehensive list of providers will come up, along with the maximum fees they will charge for each of the types of their rooms. They will also show a few options to pay – ie the maximum Refundable Accommodation Deposit, or the maximum Daily Accommodation Payment.
You can then phone the providers directly to ask about availability or wait-lists and book a time to walk through the facility and see if it is suitable.
It is always advisable to seek specialist advice when it comes to the financial structuring of paying for your care. If you are of very low means, or you structure your finances in a way that deliberately puts you in this position, the goverment will cover the cost of your care but you may be very limited in the choice of room that is available, and you may have to share a room with other residents.
If you have the time and wherewithal, you can help find excellent care for yourself or your loved one.
If you find that you do not have the time that this detailed process takes, or if you would like some help with anything, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can help you streamline the process.